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One dead in a plane crash at the Reno Championship air races

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19 Sep (News) — A pilot was killed in a single-engine jet crash while competing at the Reno National Championship Air Races, officials said.

The accident happened on Sunday during the third of six laps on outer pylon five of the event’s Jet Gold Race, the Reno Racing Association said on twitter.

“All other pilots landed safely and racing for 2022 was suspended,” it said. The association confirmed that only one aircraft was involved in the crash.

Fred Telling, the chief executive officer and president of the Reno Air Racing Association, told reporters in a news conference that both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating.

“Personally, and we as a board and family, extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the pilot, as well as the racers and race fans who make up our September family,” he said.

The NTSB identified the aircraft as the Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin and confirmed that it was conducting an investigation.

This was announced by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office a statement that his crime scene detectives were working with the coroner’s office while the public was urged to avoid the area.

“Until the next of kin are notified, no names will be released,” it said.

Crashes, although uncommon, have previously occurred during National Championship Air Races.

On September 16, 2011, 11 people were killed and 70 others seriously injured when Galloping Ghost, a P-51 Mustang, crashed into spectators in the middle of the competition.

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